Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Along Wooded Paths



All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . .

But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Rich, vibrant, descriptive writing and a profound depth to the storyline make Along Wooded Paths an incomparable read. This is the kind of book you can happily lose yourself in and I certainly did. It packs an emotional punch too and I admit to reading with trepidation at times. I was as torn as Marianna was between Ben and Aaron and I ached for both men who obviously loved her. Goyer had me squirming a time or two and I'd love to participate in a book club chat about the romantic angles in this book since I can't here without posting spoilers.

What touched me the most though was Marianna's spiritual growth -- her awakening to a deeper understanding of her relationship with the Lord. It's definitely something any Christian could parallel in their own life and for that reason I'd say that this is more than an Amish romance. I still loved the Amish setting though, and the way Along Wooded Paths shows a community of Englisch and Amish who interact more than in most.

Goyer has posted a teaser from the next book in the series that has me on edge and anxiously waiting the its release. I'm glad she isn't through with Marianna and the Sommer family!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of Along Wooded Paths, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Remember to add the title to the subject line. The draw will be held and the winner announced on Sunday October 23. Good luck! Open internationally.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book :) I've heard many good things about it.

    Please enter me
    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  2. No need to enter me, as I've already had the pleasure of reading the book! :)

    I just wanted to say that I love your review, and I, too, am eagerly awaiting the third and final installment!! That would be neat to have a discussion on the romantic angles in this book - isn't the choice just agonizing??


  3. Please enter me! I would love to win. Thanks for the review! :) I had seen this book on Amazon and was intrigued then!

  4. oops is my email

    srstormo at yahoo dot com

  5. Thankyou for the chance to go in the draw!! This sounds like a fantastic book!!



  6. Consider yourself entered, Faye. Good luck!

    Amber -- you might just have to host that romantic angle discussion on your blog, hmmmmm?

    Salena -- this is definitely a book to be intrigued by. Good luck!

    Hey Esther your welcome and good luck!

  7. I have the book Beside Still Waters and I would love to win Along Wooded Paths and read them back to back! Thank you for the opportunity!


  8. Hi, I read Beside Still Waters and would love to win a copy of Along Wooded Paths.

    My email is

  9. You're both in the draw, Diana and Kristy. Good luck!

  10. would LOVE to win this book..thank you for offering me a chance to do so ..Gods PEACE

  11. I would love the chance to read this book as I have heard good things about this book but another author that I haven't read any of her books as yet.

    Please enter my many in the draw.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  12. I would like to be entered as well:) I read the first one but haven't had the privilege of reading this one. Thanks for your review!


  13. This sounds like a great story. Please enter me. Thanks.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  14. Thanks for a super review and I love reading books regarding the Amish.
    Thanks for the chance to win a great read.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  15. Oh, please pick me so I can quit blog stalking this book! LOL!